As we head back to school, we wanted to share some useful resources for parents. Obviously it’s an unprecedented year, and things have changed dramatically. So any advice and tips are to be welcomed. We took a look at what’s out there, to compile some handy resources and advice for parents for back to school:
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As we navigate these uncharted waters and our kids go back to school, the single most important thing is that everyone should follow the hygiene and social distancing guidelines where possible.
Resources and Advice for Parents for Back to School
Covid 19 World Service Videos for Parents
The Covid 19 World Service is a joint initiative of Nasc and Together Ireland, they have created public health videos voiced by doctors in over 30 languages, for parents of children returning to school in August/September 2020.
These videos were voiced by education professionals including teachers and SNAs working in Ireland and the messaging has been approved by the Irish College of GPs.
Asthma Society Back to School Information
The Asthma Society has a Back2School Checklist to support parents of children with asthma during COVID-19.
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Back to School for Children with Additional Needs
Autism Little Learners has back to school information for kids with additional needs on all aspects on the return to school.
The Irish Government Advice on Back to School
On the Gov.ie website you will find videos for junior infants to second class, 3rd to 6th class and also post-primary students. There is also information covering:
- information for students and their families
- information for schools
- school transport
- wellbeing resources
UK Government Advice on Back to School
The UK government website offers guidance for schools reopening covering:
- Public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks
- School operations
- Curriculum, behaviour and pastoral support
- Assessment and accountability
- Contingency planning for outbreaks
Information for Parents in USA
This article on NBC News has useful advice. They recommend that you check your county at covidactnow.org, a website that monitors community transmission and offers a warning system categorizing areas from low to high rates of infection, known as green, yellow or red zone.
There are also information resources in different media outlets such as The New York Times which breaks down hot spots across the United States.
The Center for Disease Control has information for schools for reopening that they keep updated.
Have your say! If you have come across any other useful resources for parents for back to school, let us know and we can add it.